Who are Arsenal all time top scorers? There are quite a number of them but Thierry Henry leads the way.
A club can’t have 13 league titles and 14 FA Cups to their name and not be one of the most successful in the history of European football.
That’s what Arsenal are, and they have never been relegated from the first division.
And despite not tasting much success in continental competitions, the Gunners have been a force to reckon with in domestic competitions, courtesy of some of their incredible players over the years.
Arsenal’s attacking ethos has seen a lot of high-scoring talents play for them and below are some Arsenal all time top scorers:
Arsenal All Time Top Scorers
5. Ted Drake
Ted Drake was a legend and one of the greatest English forwards of all-time.
The Englishman was the first Arsenal player to win the Golden boot in 1934-35 by scoring an astonishing 42 goals in 41 games, a feat only six players have done with the club.
During his 11 years at Arsenal Ted Drake scored 139 goals – the same amount as Jimmy Brain but in fewer games (184 matches) than him, becoming the joint 5th Arsenal top scorer of all time.
He is one of the 32 players that are present in Emirates Stadium’s mural of Arsenal legends.
4. John Radford
Raddy started his journey at Arsenal in 1962 and came through the ranks of youth teams and reserves of Arsenal to the first team.
He became part of the first team in 1965-66 season and remained so for nearly a decade.
Although he initially played as a winger, Radford continued to score goals but gradually the goals came few and far in between, mainly due to his age and injuries, until he left the club in 1976 and joined West Ham United.
He became Arsenal’s youngest ever Hat-trick scorer at 17 years of age and still holds that record.
With 149 goals in 448 matches for Arsenal, John Radford has claimed the 4th spot amongst Arsenal all time top scorers.
3. Cliff Bastin
The Boy Bastin is one of the greatest English players of all time, he was also Arsenal top scorer of all time from 1939 until 1997.
He has been inducted to the English Hall of Fame of Football and along 6 other players from this list, is immortalized in a mural at Emirates stadium.
Bastin made his debut playing football for Exeter City at the age of 15 and by age 17 he was convinced by Chapman to travel nearly half the country and join Arsenal in 1929.
He remained at Arsenal until his retirement from football in 1947.
It’s also known that Bastin was deaf from a young age, in at least one ear, and that his hearing worsened over time.
He is perhaps the most decorated player among Arsenal’s top scorers of all time, by winning 5 league titles and 2 FA Cups.
As a left winger, he scored 178 goals in 398 matches for the club and remained all-time Arsenal top goal scorer in Arsenal history for a long time.
2. Ian Wright
Ian Wright arrived from Crystal Palace in 1991 for a then club record fee of £2.5m.
He went on to win the Golden Boot the very first season at the club and continue to be Gunners’ top scorer for 6 season in a row.
Wright played under three different managers and two caretakers during his spell at Arsenal.
Under Bruce Rioch, he was unhappy and wanted to leave Arsenal but the arrival of Arsene Wenger in 1996 made him stay at the Emirates.
He won four cup trophies: two FA Cups, one League Cup and one Cup Winners’ Cup – including the cup double of 1992-93 season.
However, Wright had to wait until his final days as an Arsenal man to win the Premier League for the first time.
In terms of goal scoring, Wright scored 185 goals in 288 matches for the Gunners and became Arsenal top scorer of all time, until Thierry Henry smashed that record in 2005.
1. Thierry Henry
The product of AS Monaco’s youth academy met his former manager Arsene Wenger on an airplane and the two talked about the possibility of him moving to Arsenal, which he did at the start of 1999-2000 season.
Although he was a winger, Arsene Wenger asked him to be a forward, seeing in him the qualities of a finisher and reluctantly Henry accepted the role.
At first Henry struggled with scoring but once he got his first goal, he never stopped scoring again!
In 2003-04 season, Arsenal went an entire season without losing a single match, and Henry was once again the Superstar, scoring 39 goals in all competition, he was named the Player of the Year for the second time in a row.
He became the first Arsenal player to win the European Golden Boot, which he repeated the following year, becoming the first player to win it back to back.
Later in 2005-06, Henry captained Arsenal on their way to Champions League glory, but heartbreak awaited them as they lost to Barcelona in the final.
Henry left Arsenal to Barcelona in the summer of 2007.
He was an incredible playmaker and the greatest assist provider in Arsenal’s history.
Henry scored 228 goals in 377 games for Arsenal, winning the EPL’s Golden Boot 4 times being the only player to do so and becoming Arsenal top scorer of all time.
Let’s now see other Arsenal all time top scorers listed below:
- Robin van Persie (96 goals)
- Dennis Bergkamp (87 goals)
- Olivier Giroud (73 goals)
- Theo Walcott (65 goals)
- Robert Pires (62 goals)
- Alexis Sánchez (60 goals)
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (57 goals)
- Freddie Ljungberg (46 goals)
- Emmanuel Adebayor (46 goals)
- Aaron Ramsey (40 goals)
- Alexandre Lacazette (40 goals)
- Cesc Fabregas (35 goals)
- Mesut Özil (33 goals)
- Sylvain Wiltord (31 goals)
- Nwankwo Kanu (30 goals)
- Paul Merson (28 goals)
- Patrick Vieira (28 goals)
- Santi Cazorla (25 goals)
- Marc Overmars (25 goals)
- Nicklas Bendtner (24 goals)
- Andrei Arshavin (23 goals)
- Nicolas Anelka (23 goals)
- Kevin Campbell (22 goals)
- Laurent Koscielny (22 goals)
- Ray Parlour (21 goals)
- Tomas Rosicky (19 goals)
- Lukas Podolski (19 goals)
- Samir Nasri (18 goals)
- Gilberto Silva (17 goals)
- José Antonio Reyes (16 goals)
- Danny Welbeck (16 goals)
- Mikel Arteta (14 goals)
- John Hartson (14 goals)
- Abou Diaby (14 goals)
- David Platt (13 goals)
- Thomas Vermaelen (13 goals)
- William Gallas (12 goals)
- Tony Adams (12 goals)
- Alex Iwobi (11 goals)
This article was most recently revised and updated 9 months ago